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New Crop Palm Trees

Sitting over a long lunch, a friend asked me if I could remember my earliest impressions of Kuwait, and all I could remember was that the traffic speeds scared the hell out of me. Then, yesterday morning, we were driving on 40 and my memory was jogged; I remember moving here from Qatar and thinking how GREEN Kuwait is.

Qatar is impeccably clean. Street crews are out all the time, insuring that the highways are immaculate. There are beautiful flowers and wide boulevards. But when you leave Qatar, you realize your eyes are starved for green. I remember landing here the first time, and seeing pockets of green, even in very desert-like areas. I love the way the government has planted trees, especially palm trees. Your mind may not always register them, but it makes for a nicer environment.

I noticed recently a new crop of palm tree antennas. I think this is a total hoot. A generation ago, everyone in this area was buying Eiffel tower replicas for their roofs to bring in TV signals; now the communication towers are being disguised – and I love it. I blogged about this a while back but this time, I am going to challenge YOU – take your camera and open your eyes. When you see a disguised communications tower, shoot it.

How do you recognize them? They are taller than any real palm tree you have ever seen. They have no dead leaves and nothing on the trunk. They tend to be near hotels, but I also see them occasionally in a residential district.

You can blog it, or you can send it to me as a JPEG attachment and I will publish them. Be sure to tell us where it is taken. Here is the one I saw at the Hilton:

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Here is the previous entry on Palm-Tree-Antennas.

And bravo to whoever came up with this idea – it is clever and it is a great disguise for those communication towers. Gives me a grin whenever I see them.

No sunrise today; the dust is rolling in and the sun can barely be seen. The temperature at 0830 is 66°F/19°C.

March 4, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Blogroll, Communication, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Humor, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Public Art, Weather

9 Comments »

  1. I was going to say “this looks like the one at the Hilton”
    😉
    Yes, great idea!

    Comment by Nicole | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. lol looks weird!!

    Comment by Amu | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. Amazing idea! I hate dust!

    Comment by Big Pearls | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. Nicole – The first one I saw was at the resort down south – Kempinski? The second was at the old Regency Palace – but I have seen others, more recently. Once you really LOOK, you will see them!

    Amu – not unless you are really paying attention.

    Big Pearls, have you ever seen a year like this year? I’ve NEVER seen so much dust before!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. That’s cool!

    Comment by Reby Redux | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  6. I guess hiding unsightly infrastructure is the new wave. Her in Washington I have seen water towers painted to look like the trees/skyline they are nestled in to lesson the jarring impact when you look at them.

    Comment by momcat | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  7. Didn’t notice them, creative!

    Comment by Olórin | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  8. Momcat – take a photo! Show us!

    Olorin – Once you start seeing them, you will laugh at how many you see!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  9. I found two 🙂
    http://nicoleb.org/b2/index.php/fake-palm-trees

    Comment by Nicole | March 20, 2008 | Reply


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